Family Events

Date and Time

State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul, MN 

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Put running’s next generation in motion today! Enjoy free events for kids of all ages, from the Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot to the Half Mile and Mile. 

TC Kids Run Free!  
Kids 18 and under run at no cost in Twin Cities In Motion events. 

The Entire Family is Invited!  
From Diaper Dashers and Toddler Trotters to those tackling the mile, there’s something for every age and ability.  

Family-Friendly Gear  
Receive a short-sleeve cotton shirt and medal to celebrate your finish. 

Family Activity Area  
Enjoy kid-friendly music, entertainment and activities all morning. 

Live Art  
Enjoy artists creating works live, inspired by the energy of the day. 

The Active Life  
Let kids experience the joy of active living and the energy of thousands of fellow runners.

Race Details
Available Distances

KARE 11 Family Mile - 10:00 a.m.
Gather the family and lace your sneakers for a mile long run around the block. 
Includes a cotton short sleeved t-shirt, medal and finish line snacks

Half Mile, presented by iHeartRadio Minneapolis - 10:30 a.m.
Perfect for kids who have outgrown the toddler trot, but not quite ready to tackle a mile.
Includes a cotton short sleeved t-shirt, medal and finish line snacks

Diaper Dash - 11:15 a.m.
Even your littlest ones can join in on the fun. Set your little one down several feet [25-50] away from you and have them crawl towards you – their finish line!
Includes an onesie & medal

Toddler Trot - 11:30 a.m.
Set up A 50-yard dash for your toddlers to race to victory!
Includes a cotton short sleeved t-shirt & medal

Family Activity Area - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Enjoy kid-friendly music, entertainment and activities.

Registration & Pricing

Below is the registration pricing for the TC Family 1 Mile, presented by KARE 11 and the TC Family  Half Mile, presented by iHeart Radio. Price tier increases for all tiers are date-based. Register early to guarantee your spot and shirt size.

As part of the TC Kids Run Free Program, all kids 18 and under run free at Twin Cities In Motions events, including all TC Family Events during marathon weekend. 

Mile, Half Mile

Tier Start
Tier End
Price Point
Tier 1

March 7

September 14


Tier 2

September 15

September 26


Tier 3
In-Person Registration

September 29

September 30


Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot

Tier Start
Tier End
Price Point
Tier 1

March 7

September 30



Packet Pick Up

Packet  pick up will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Friday, September 29 and at the State Capitol Grounds near the start line on race morning.   

Friday, September 29   

Health & Fitness Expo    

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Race Day   
Saturday, September 30   

State Capitol Grounds  

6:30 a.m. - Race Start Time    

The Expo is located on the lower level of the Saint Paul RiverCentre at 175 West Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102.    

You will need your race number (emailed the week of September 25) and a photo ID to pick up your packet at the Health & Fitness Expo. The Help Desk located in the packet pickup area is staffed by individuals available to help you with registration related issues. There are also two “Race Number Look Up” tables located near the packet pick up entrance.   

Gear Check

Participants may place their gear and other items in the clear, plastic race bag provided at packet pick up. Gear check can only be dropped off at the State Capitol Grounds in the clear, plastic bag given at packet pick up. Items in other bags will not be accepted. 

Check back later this summer for full gear check details! 

Transportation & Parking

Metro Transit (bus and light rail) will be available at no charge for participants. To redeem participants will need to present a printed voucher available online. 

Parking is available in lots, ramps, and on street in the neighborhoods surrounding the State Capitol grounds. Be aware of road closures and adhere to 'No Parking' signs. Vehicles violating city regulations will be ticketed and vehicles on the course will be towed.  

Check the official City of St. Paul parking information website for up-to-date parking information. 


Download the Marathon Weekend App, presented by Medtronic, free on Google Play and iTunes for participant tracking and more!  

Friends and family are welcome to come to the race, bring a motivational sign, and watch and cheer on participants!

As always, please be respectful of private property and do not enter the racecourse. Pedestrians can cross the course at intersections where race officials are present to direct foot traffic.  

Family Events Maps / Subject to Change



How can I see if I'm registered?

Use the online registration confirmation tool to verify entry to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. 

Can I make any changes to my registration? 

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email within 48 hours of when you submitted your registration. If accepted, you will be refunded your race entry fee; online transaction fees are non-refundable. 

Transfers and event switching is not offered for the Family Events. 

Can I pick up my friend’s packet or can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes. One runner may pick up another runner's packet. 

Your representative will need a completed Packet Pick Up Authorization Form and their photo ID in order to pick up your packet. Your representative will also need to have the runner’s race number.

Note: only the representative's photo ID is required, not the participant’s.  

Is there a virtual option?

There is not a virtual option for the Family Events. 

Can I run with my child?

In the Family Mile and Half Mile, parents and guardians are welcome to register for the race and run with their child. All persons on course MUST be registered, including those in strollers. (See 'Can I run with a stroller?') 

NOTE: For security and safety of all participants, no one is permitted to enter the finish chute from the exit point. Check back later this summer for final reunion details for any parents or guardians who choose not to run with their child. 

In the Toddler Trot, we encourage you to prepare your child to complete this approximately 50-yard race, held on grass, independently. Check back later this summer for final Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash details. 

Are strollers/dog permitted? 

Strollers are permitted in the 5K, Mile and Half Mile. Please indicate that you intend to run with a stroller on your registration form. You will sign a special waiver and be given a special "Stroller Bib" at Packet Pickup.    

While we love our four legged friends, we ask that they cheer you on from the sidelines and reunite with them after you exit the Finish Controlled Zone. Thank you for your understanding.

What precautions is TCM taking to ensure my safety?

Safety has always been our organization’s top priority. We continue to monitor COVID-19 and all other public health and safety risks and will evaluate and update our event safety protocols so that they are properly calibrated on event weekend. Any event changes or updated protocols will be communicated in the Pre-Race email sent race week. 

If you are interested in learning more, including our cancellation policies for both COVID-19 and reasons other than COVID-19, click here.

What will happen to my registration if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?

Registration for the 2023 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend registration is non-refundable 48 hours after registration and is completely non-refundable for registrations made 5 calendar days or less before the event, except if state or local authorities mandate race cancelation due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In that case, partial cash refunds will be provided per this document.

How do I volunteer for the event?

It takes nearly 5,000 volunteers to keep our organization and events running. 

Whether you’re looking for a one-day experience or a year-round leadership opportunity, we offer a variety of meaningful roles suited to help you reach your personal and professional goals. From course marshals to fluid stations and finish line volunteers, we have something for everyone.   

Check back this summer for available volunteer roles, or check our our volunteer page for year-round opportunities. 

How can I further support TCM?

TCM’s ability to impact our community is due in part to the generosity of our runners and supporters. As a member supported 501(c)3 non-profit, we exist to provide platforms for people to run together in safe and exciting ways that are approachable for everyone, regardless of age, background or economic ability. Your support will ensure an investment in the local running community for years to come and lay the foundation for generations of runners through the TC Kids Run Free program.    

You can donate during your registration process for a TCM event, or you can donate here.  You can also become a TCM Member which includes registration perks to reward your support of our nonprofit efforts.